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First off, i want to apologize for posting my topic here. i looked over the forum's topics and i still couldnt decide where to post this. i trust an admin will move it to its area soon tho lol. OK well moving on, im about to buy an Alienware PC, and i customized one and here are its specs

[1] Auroraâ„¢ 7500

Processor: AMD Athlonâ„¢ 64 X2 3800+ with HyperTransport and Dual Core Technology
Operating System (Office software not included): Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2
Power Supply: Alienware® 650 Watt ATX 2.0 Power Supply
Chassis: Alienware® Full-Tower Case - Space Black
Chassis Upgrades: Standard Cooling
Motherboard: Alienware® NVidia nForce™4 SLI™ X16 Motherboard
Graphics Processor: Dual 256MB PCI-Express x16 NVIDIA® GeForce™ 7900 GT - SLI Enabled
Monitor: 17" 12ms LCD - Silver
Memory: 2GB Dual Channel Low-Latency DDR PC-3200 at 400MHz - 2 x 1024MB
System Drive: High Performance - 250GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s 7,200 RPM w/8MB Cache
Primary CD ROM/DVD ROM: 16x DVD-ROM Drive with Software DVD Decoder
Network Connection: Integrated High Performance Gigabit Ethernet
Sound Card: Integrated High-Performance 7.1 Surround Sound with S/PDIF and Coaxial Digital Outputs
Keyboard: Microsoft® Basic Keyboard Black
Mouse: Microsoft® Basic Optical Mouse Black
Warranty: 90-Day AlienCare Toll-Free 24/7 Phone Support
Alienware Exclusive Offers: GameFly - Unlimited Game Rentals for 15 days - FREE TRIAL
Alienware Exclusive Offers: Gamespot Complete - Free 90-day Trial (a $20.85 value)
Alienware Extras: Exclusive AlienGUIse Theme Manager
Alienware Extras: AlienInspection - Exclusive Integration and Inspection - $99.99 Value - FREE!
Alienware Extras: AlienWiring - Exclusive Internal Wire Management - $99.99 Value - FREE!
Free Alienware Mousepad: Free Alienware® Mousepad

with shipping, the total comes out to 2,708.90 US Dollars
im just wondering, is this the best deal for my money?
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post #2 of 73
Not a good deal if you look closer at all the parts. You're getting the slowest dual core AMD processor, generic ram, etc for over $2500? You could build a much faster machine yourself, but if you're not comfortable doing that, then you'll have to look around for another shop. If it were me, I'd pass on this deal.
Edit: Onboard audio on a gaming rig? Also, I'd look into who makes that "Alienware" power supply.
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hmm, can u point me in the right direction? is there a site u can do that at.
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post #4 of 73
I suggest Newegg.com, they are generally the cheapest.
Building your own computer is benificial in many ways, you will learn so much by doing it and I doubt that you will go back to buying those pre-made, overpriced Dells and Alienwares.

If you need help just post, and plenty of people here will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

That Alienware is atleast a thousand dollars overpriced in my opinion.
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post #5 of 73
There are lots of places, here are just a few.
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And I agree with sccr64472 dont get that Alienware...
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i deal with zipzoomfly.com they've got better price than newegg.com and have free 2nd day fedex shipping on everything except big things like cases and big monitors
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post #7 of 73
If you aren't knowledgable on how to put together you're own system, there are multiple websites up and running that will take you step by step on how to put it together. And as for which parts to buy, I'm sure all of us at Overclock.net are willing to help. But, if you still aren't comfortable putting a system together quite yet, you're local computer parts shop should have a friendly geek in there willing to put your system together for a price (it's usually highly overpriced though). So, like Rippon stated, building your own system is much more satisfying and less expensive. Try it out, we're all here to help you if you need it.
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post #8 of 73
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sweet, im putting things in my cart at the moment on zip zoom fly. 1 sec i will update

1 sec. the current mobo im looking at only supports intel CPUs, i thought AMDs were better?
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post #9 of 73
I agree with everyone who posted already. I talked my friend out of buying an Alienware.. ended up having me build his computer. I built him a great system for $1900, even though he had a single core processor (3700+ san diego). He also had a 7800GT and a known-to-work power supply.

If you have the money and don't care, then do it. It's ultimately up to you. Building your own computer doesn't involve any headaches unless you have to send something back (RMA). There are warranties on almost everything you get through manufacturers. I'm sure we will help you choose parts if you decide to build your own PC. But for the love of custom computing and saving money, don't buy Alienware.
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